Nature's Place

Strange Fly


Three times I have come back from a walk in the bush and had to quickly snatch one of these creatures off me after feeling it creeping speedily around under my shirt. It felt more like a crawler and I was surprised to see a fly when it hit the table.

First time I tried to put a glass on it but it just made it out from under, getting caught at the rim but uninjured, was very tough. Second time I was ready and got the glass on it and pushed a dead leaf with some honey on it under but it wasn’t interested, it just got itself sticky so I had to eventually wash it off before letting it go.

It doesn’t stand up like other flies, it squats close and creeps sideways and all ways. Nor does it have a back body section of any size. It would be about one cm long, black and glossy to the eye.

Nature is always presenting something new in my experience. Amazing nature.

© Mark Berkery ……. Click any picture and click again to enlarge

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  1. Kirk said, on 07/08/2009 at 1:46 am

    Hmm, it looks like a louse fly. I’ve found them on birds here in America.

    • Mark Berkery said, on 07/08/2009 at 2:13 am

      Thanks Kirk. So they are biters, or suckers of blood. Mine probably weren’t hungry yet.

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